The Vampire Diaries was known for its romantic plotlines, specifically the love triangle between Elena, Damon, and Stefan. While Elena was dating Stefan, she couldn't resist her growing attraction towards Damon. This forbidden romance, known as Delena among fans, captivated audiences with its passion and danger.
Throughout the series, Damon and Elena shared many romantic moments that fans still cherish today. In the episode "Miss Mystic Falls," Damon stepped in as Elena's escort to a beauty pageant after Stefan went missing. This was the first time they had a real emotional connection and danced together. Their chemistry was undeniable, and Elena enjoyed Damon's company.
It was clear that there was something special between them. In "Rose," Damon admitted his feelings for Elena for the first time. Despite the impending arrival of Klaus and the chaos that ensued, Damon took a moment to tell Elena that he loved her.
However, he compelled her to forget his confession, beginning his redemption arc in the series. "As I Lay Dying" proved to be an unexpected turning point for Delena. When Damon and Rose were bitten by a werewolf, Elena couldn't bear to see Damon in pain and took care of him. They shared a farewell kiss that revealed their deep emotional connection. After Damon was later cured, their relationship was left uncertain. In "Heart of Darkness," Elena took charge of her feelings and initiated a kiss with Damon during a road trip. This was a significant moment as Elena finally followed her heart and didn't care about anyone else's opinion. It marked the true beginning of their love story.
"The Departed" featured a flashback that revealed Damon had met Elena before Stefan did. This small moment confirmed that Delena was meant to be the endgame. In "My Brother's Keeper," Elena chose Damon over Stefan. As a vampire, Elena turned to Damon for guidance, and they got intimate for the first time. Despite disapproval from others, they found happiness together. In "Graduation," Elena chose Damon again.
After the sire bond was broken, she confessed her love for him, declaring that he was the one she wanted to be with. It contrasted with the Season 3 finale where she chose Stefan. In the fifth season finale, "Home," Damon and Elena expressed their willingness to die for each other. Damon sacrificed himself to save Mystic Falls, leaving a distraught Elena behind. In "I'd Leave My Happy Home for You," Damon and Elena took their commitment to the next level. Elena wanted to take the cure and be human again, and Damon decided to take it with her. This episode highlighted the positives and negatives of their relationship.
Finally, in the series finale "I Was Feeling Epic," Damon and Elena were reunited after she woke up from a Sleeping Beauty curse. Their love was still strong, and they had a happy human life together. Fans were satisfied that their ship had sailed successfully. The Vampire Diaries was a show that revolved around love, danger, and supernatural beings. Damon and Elena's romance was a central focus of the series, and fans continue to adore their love story.